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L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 212
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 26
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Viggo on 06-08-2010

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see a new DDC bottle on my local shelf. Love trying new beers by them and absolutely love the artwork. Reviewed from notes.

A- Crystal clear golden body (I got the first half) with a foamy, puffy white head. Foam reaches one finger high and has pretty nice retention. Spotty lace from a frothy ring.

S- Citra hops, as listed, are distinct but do not mask the base beer. Nice lime, tropical fruits, passion fruit feel from these hops. Good Belgian yeast spice and some grape/light fruits mix with the hops.

T- Changes up from the aroma with a heavier yeast influence, quite a bit spicier in flavor. Citra hops give tangerine, pineapple and stone fruit hints. Strong peppery, spicy Tripel yeast. Clove, white wine grapes and coriander too.

MF- Super highly carbonated with a creamy moderately thick body. Some alcohol warming but a pleasant amount. Slightly bitter finish.

The amount of Citra used here is quite nice. It compliments the base yeast flavors but does not over take the beer making it another IPA hybrid.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem courtesy of joemcgrath27... Mad props...

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange colour with a brown hue, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citrus notes, lemon iced tea, bubble gum and cloves with some honey and cane sugar on the finish.

T - The citrus hops come through nicely, reminiscent of a DIPA, but the fruity Belgian notes coming through with hints of clove and toffee. A touch of ABV sweetness with a bitter citrus flavour that lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth with a touch of dryness and a hint of ABV heat.

O - This stuff is potent, yet smooth and creamy. Loads of flavour and surprisingly drinkable. I would love to see this available through the LCBO in their signature 4-packs as this is something I would treat myself to frequently. Any fan of the style may be a bit confused with the citrus hop kick but will surely not be disappointed.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright pale orange with an off-white slight head and a ring of retention. A little clingy lace.

Citric hops and boozy tropical fruit in the nose.

Citric ring happiness up front. Peaches, tropical fruit and booze and yeast. Bitterness comes thru later. Nice citric rind hop bitterness in a long finish.

Fuller bodied, modest carbonation.

Tasty and different. Nice blend of styles.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Mar-10-2015

Pours a sunny golden orange with a half finger of bright white foam that dwindles to a film with a ring around the glass. Meh retention; good medium lacing. (3.75)

Super bright and fruity. Grapefruit, green grapes, sweet dough, floral/slightly herbal hops; really even, round smell. (4.25)

Earthy and fresh. Dry, dusty yeastiness, some bittering lemon zest, candied grapefruit, tiny, drying alcoholic tingle at the end. (4)

Fuzzy-feeling and slightly warm with a medium body and a lingering finish. (4)

Very good example of a tripel.
This is a pretty solid beer to begin with but I feel that the addition of citra hops really compliments the floral qualities and alcoholic bitterness in the beer. It is an easy drinker that I think is best described as 'bright' with a slight boozy fuzz to it and a nice floral/citrus aroma.
The only thing I feel could be better would be for it to be a little richer and bigger (more like a Belgian) without having any more alcohol. I let it warm for about 30 minutes out of the fridge and I still felt like it smoothed out as it warmed in the glass. Try it at cellar temp or a touch cooler.
Will have again; worth finding to try. (4.25)

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Photo of 4ster
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large wine glass, bottled 04/2013.

A: Golden honey colour, clear, micro bubbles rising to the top, quick white frothy head on pour, fairly quick die down, nice lacing sitting on top and sticking to the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet malts, apple cider, peach and some tropical fruit sweetness, light undertones of citrus and spice....

T: Starts pretty malt forward, not overly sweet, yeasty, some citrus and fruit in the middle, then moves into very spicy, bitter grapefruits, not what you expect with a standard triple, and it finishes with a bit of a spicy alcohol aftertaste.

M: Creamy, medium bodied, nice overall balance, light-med carbonation, resinous and quite drying.... not as much alcohol in the body as in the taste....

O: A nice modified Triple style... not as sweet and yeasty as a traditional triple, but starts out that way and then you start to get this interesting mix of spicy hop punch in the face that is also creamy smooth at the same time... Much like the duality of the flavours I am also mixed in my liking of it.... overall it's nice, but there are moments when you're like... mmmm, I really am enjoying this triple and then you get a face full of hops and get angry, and then at other times you're like, wow, this would make a really interestingly complex IPA.... I guess in the end, this is almost what DDC is all about... making you question what beer styles mean in the New World...

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very hazy, bright orange. Small head, especially for a style than often brings forth huge head.

S-I like the aroma. Not heavy in the Tripel yeast which I find rather unappetizing. The Citra hops lay down some cool peach, melon and mango aromas. Fruit juice hops. Smells more like a Belgian IPA.

T-The flavor is also pretty delectable. It's hops forward, and I even think the bottle has a bit too much age on it. It's got a lot of liquor-soaked peach, apricot and mango notes with citrusy flavors coming in the same march. A hint of Belgian spice and yeast.

M-Hot but still drinkable.mnot as bitter as I was expecting. A sipper but easier to drink than almost every Tripel I have had.

O/D-Tripels are among my most disliked styles of beer. I only shell out greenbacks when I really am interested by the beer's specs or I trust the brewery. Well a Tripel with Citra brewed by Dieu Du Ciel is worth a spend. Great brewery with a cool take on the style. And it was one of the two or three best Tripels I have had. As it warms it gets funkier and all around tastier.i would preferably serve this far warmer than fridge temp. It really opens up and gets better and better.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just a fantastic beer, but everything these guys make is that good. its a tripel, but only loosely here. so much hops, all citra, as to almost render it not recognizable to its original style base. the color is a hazy straw, with a short lived less than an inch of white head. the nose is all citra, i mean, there isnt even a chance that its another hop, its pure citra, bitter and oily both, and the taste agrees, all citra here. lemon curd and tang and bitterness, in with a grain bill thats fairly complex, and a belgian yeast strain that has some fruit, but cant touch the fruitiness of the hops themselves. easily the fruitiest example of the style i have ever seen, and as good as all of the beers are from these guys, now in my mind one of the premier brewers in the world. i never really loved tripel ales, but this is a game changer.

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Photo of BigBry
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, label as below. I tried this at a Beerfest 3 or 4 years ago, finally able to revisit this one.
Hazy golden orange color, with a thick off white head. Good retention this chunky lace.
The smell has some yeast aromas, slightly peppery, but a ton of hops on top.
Taste has lots of citrus fruitiness, more yeast, and finishes with some spiciness. Lots of hoppy aroma and bitter flavors. A bit of warming from the high alcohol, but not a distraction.
It has a low level of carbonation, medium body and mouth feel.
Smooth and drinkable, way more hoppiness than expected from a tripel.

Note to self: Ranked #21 Tripel when I reviewed it, #36 Beer in Canada.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle. "A diversion via the herb" - so I can only expect and heavily anticipate.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium golden hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy white head, which leaves some broken honeycomb lace around the glass as it steadily abates.

It smells of strong citrus hops, lesser, but still hefty pine oil, a bit of earthy yeast, savoury spices - clove and nutmeg, primarily, with a sugary pale malt backbone, adrift in a pool of alcohol serenity. The taste is more zingy orange/pineapple/kiwi citrus goodness, a continuing moderate spiciness, some persistent grainy pale malt, and a nice simmering booziness.

The carbonation is a bit prickly, but hardly distracting in this mealy morass, the body a sturdy medium weight, a bit airy from the lingering bubbles and hovering alcohol, which casts a dull shadow over any claims to outright smoothness. It finishes sweet from the antagonized malt, warm, and still agreeably hoppy from the workaholic guest star.

Hmmm, take a Belgian standard, and hop it to the nuts with a sexy New World varietal? The result: damned fine, I must say, but, riddle me this - why is this not a Belgian IPA?

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mondial beer festival. Belgian tripel with Citra!!! (my favorite hop). Intense, funky, earthy. I assume the earthiness comes mainly from the use of citra. These intense flavors blend beautifully with the complexity of a Belgian yeast. Add to this a flavor that I simply can't describe. Never tasted anything similar, ever. Lingering sweetness, maybe candi sugar and papaya? Awesome.

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Photo of Boozecamel
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque orange glow, with a 1 finger slightly offwite head. Really inviting looking beer.

Smell: Definitely picking up a nice Citra aroma. Tropical fruits, mellony, orange, passionfruit. Would have rated it higher if the Citra was even stronger, but it may have faded a tad.

Taste: Wow, a really tasty beer. A little booziness, orangey, black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a decent body, not too thick.

Overall: A really great beer. Will make my DDC purchasing decisions tougher in the future. I used to head straight for the Peche Mortel, but after this I may grab this on occasion.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a semi-murky dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head that retains well before becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly bumpy surface foam.

S- Earthy, grassy hops with a solid malt backbone and a bit of alcohol fume.

T- Pretty bitter for a triple but not overly so. Has some spice to it plus a yeasty fruit dimension. Very balanced overall with the hops, yeast and spice commingling in a pleasant way. Just a tad bit on the boozy side but I'm not complaining.

M- Soft, borderline creamy with medium carbonation and a kind of thick body.

O- Man, DDC never disappoints. I swear, if it weren't for the cold weather and French-speaking, I'd be so happy living in Montreal so I could have constant access to these guys and Unibroue.

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Photo of leaddog
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy pale amber yellow with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Tangerine/orange, yeast, cloves/spices, other citrus fruits.

Taste - Earthy hops along with tangerine and citrus flavours. A touch of the yeast and spice flavour in the middle - spices leave a little tingle behind. ABV is well hidden. Pleasant bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nice tingly bubbles.

Overall - An excellent tripel by Dieu du Ciel. The ABV is well masked, making this a true representation of the style. Nice touch with the tangerine. Well balanced in hops and malts.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange and brownish color with a nice foamy egg shell white head. Retention is good.

S: The citra hops are definitely there. There is a sweet grapefruit juice, orange juice, mango and pineapple. It's weird to mix this with a belgian yeast but it's definitely working. The coriander, cloves and light honey makes up the tripel part of the beer.

T: Just like the smell: coriander, cloves, honey for the Belgian part and exotic fruits with light pine notes for the hops.

M: Quite bigger than expected. Medium to heavy body, pretty sticky, medium carbonation. Very smooth.

O: This is an interesting beer from DDC and it works pretty well. Would definitely like to have it again.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 7/5/12

A clear golden orange with lots of tiny suspended particles with only a few bubbles moving it around, not much visible carbonation but a thumbs width of dense foam hold on for a few sips leaving random lace

S Belgian yeast at first then a bunch of tropical fruits, mango, passion-fruit, melon, pineapple and lemon just a little clove, faint cat tinkle and a hint of booze but would never guess its over 10%

T some peppery spice I didn't smell and the yeast is somehow stronger with less of the beautiful tropical notes from the smell, still very good but I loved the smell

M low carbonation but not flat, has more body then one would guess from the color and very little heat, finish is spicy and lingers

O very solid stuff, well concealed booze great smell and good taste, I cracked my second bottle well before I got to this point in my review, perhaps too easy too drink

I don't think I'd bother aging one of these because its drinking great fresh and the booze is already hidden quite well. yet another winner from DDC and I just cant wait too see what they come up with next

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Photo of papat444
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 04/12.

Appearance: A gold-orange body, very hazy with 2-3 fingers of head that recedes gently and drapes itself around the glass.

Smell: Strong tangerines, citra aroma is powerful. Spicy lemon, fresh meadows, juicy citrus bursting out, mangoes, and fresh ripe fruit. Simply stunning.

Taste: Sweet citrus, mangoes are strong and a bit of herbs scratching at the back. Some lemon minus the tartness. More rough than the aroma would have me believe.

Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied yet not heavy and ABV is well masked.

Overall: Aroma is simply magnificent but the flavor turns out more rough around the edges. This is still a high quality brew and worth checking out.

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Photo of SSS
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow with a white head that lingers
S-Citra, yum, with a hint of yeast and some background malt flavors
M-Carbonation spot on
T-Citra comes out strong, the fruitiness (Citra-tropical fruit) from the chosen malt are a nice forward and good balance to the subtle bitterness.
O-Great beer, it is on the sweet side for my palate, but became a roller coaster from sweet to bitter on the finish.

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Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch "04" checked off.

A: Pours a clear golden-amber. Big fluffy and dense white head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Thick walls of lacing left behind.

S: Nice. Juicy citrus and tropical fruits up front. Orange, pineapple and tangerine I would say. A little spicy and a little sweet too. Very enjoyable aroma.

T: Up front there is again some juicy citrus and tropical fruits. But a little more belgian influence now. Sweet grains throughout with some cloves. Finish is quite spicy with cloves, black pepper and some bitter dank-ish citra hops.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Interesting brew. Tastes more like an american-hopped belgian IPA than a tripel to me, but what do I know? Either way it's quite good. Nice juicy citrus notes everywhere along with proper belgian yeast characteristics. Very tasty.

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Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle into an Ommegang glass. Pours a hazy orange with a 1-finger head.

Aroma is big tropical Citra hops and Belgian yeast. A touch of bubblegum.

Taste follows nose, led by the Citra. Fresh oranges and grapefruits abound. Sweet candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Juicy and addictive, I can't stop drinking this. Almost zero alcohol detected on the palate, but I start feeling it pretty quickly.

Mouthfeel is soft and medium-bodied, so, so drinkable.

Overall, Citra is crack. I really like this beer. Dangerous.

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Photo of peensteen
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, one finger of white head with lots of lace all the way down the glass. Smell has some belgian yeast and a whole bunch of tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, some spicy points, cloves and some alcohol, malty wheat notes as well, but fairly fruity and hoppy. Taste is a little more tripel than the nose suggests, lightly sweet belgian yeast, fruity, candy apple, some citrus fruit and a pretty big bitterness, spicy clove, touches of alcohol, dry in finish with a bit of doughy malt. Medium carbonation, medium full body, some resiny and slick at points nice drying feel. A really nice American style tripel, hoppy, complex and flavourful.

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Photo of olivianjeremie
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer! I had it by the bottle, poured golden color with a great smell. Nice Belgian IPA flavor, hoppy, strong, full flavored. I have had a lot of beer from Dieu du Ciel and it would be one of my favorites. I want to go and have this on tap at the brewer next.

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small head, but excellent webby lace. Cloudy orange-amber color.

Relatively dry with a distinct floral hop smell. Well-balanced and very attractive.

I note plum with a subtle sweetness. There's the slightest of soft sour, citrus touch. The swallow and finish are of sweetened grapefruit. Well-balanced and easy to drink. The body is rich but the carbonation high. I would not guess this to be a Tripel, but all of the elements are present. It is far more balanced with a higher level of hop than I expected.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just when you thought that craft brewer creativity was running out, we get the masterful brewers at Dieu Du Ciel splicing together the time honored Abbey-style Tripel with trendy Citra hops. Its results really bring to life the fruit-forward and acute bitterness that which Tripel Ales are well known.

Pouring a hazy gold color with a peach tinge, its opaque sheen gleams like a nightlight when back lit. As the beer settles, a vibrant cotton-white froth pulls from the beer's body and adorns it with a cap of sturdy foam. Retaining solidly, the foam does settle but is quickly regenerated with a gentle swirl, leaving waves of lace on the glass at each turn.

Bright fruit aromas pull ahead of its balancing spice with ease. Ripe oranges and tangerines fuse with ruby red grapefruit for a full citrus scent. There's an element of tropical passion fruit and mango that contributes to the nose but its the citrus that takes center stage. A background set of notes from yeast and hops peak through with white wine acidity, white pepper, clove, coriander, white pepper, fresh cut grass and a slim glimmer of cannabis.

Flavors are straight up of freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juices. Nearly overtaking the 'beer' components, its fruitiness dominates it taste. But it does so with the teeth churning combination of confectioner's sugar in maltiness and pleasant acidity. Its balance of vinous white wine, light straw, grass and hay support the fruit well but hardly rival its intensity. Its dry taste in finish allows a slight biscuit sweetness to remind the palate that this is still ale.

Medium-bodied, the favors early creaminess over any champagne-like zestiness. But the ale relies on its exorbitant strength and high hop rates to assist in dryness, cleanliness and crispness. The ale trails with citrus and white grape acidity before a medium-dry closure.

Dieu Du Ciel really knows how to build a beer! Every risk they take pans out spectacularly. And that's exactly what they do here. They completely rip apart the balance that makes Tripels so great, but they put it back together with the citrusy American hops at the forefront and it doesn't just remember the base style, it might actually reinvent it!

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Jimmy's No. 43, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some amber hues. It poured with a thin layer of off white bubbles and has relatively good retention properties as the head never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of tropical fruits in the nose—pineapple seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of tropical fruits and a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of spices and no sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer tastes strong but for the most part the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. The amount of hops seems to be very unique for the style, which almost tastes more like a hybrid between a tripel and an IPA.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting for a new beer from these guys for a while as I love all their beers pretty much. Just trying to get a trip up there.

The screw cap is still a little disappointing, but it pours a decent smaller creamy 1/2 finger head that fades fairly slowly at least, nice lacing too, hazy bright honey orange colored beer.

NOse brings lots of nice mixed aromas, some citrus and tropical fruit, grapefruit, mango, melon like too, very bright fruit, little orange juice, hint rind, etc. All that mixing with a nice tripel, somewhat sweet malty base, some blond malt, toasty like, bringing a bit of a sweet smelling aroma with Belgian esters there, fruity esters, hint phenols, little booze, maybe a touch of a wheat or straw malt like character too.

Taste starts a bit on the sweet side, big malts, sweet malts with some blond slightly toasty characters, juicy malt as well, and bit grainy, with some light syrupy flavors, a hint of booze warmth and even tingle bringing more light phenols, and there are more fruity esters. Hops start as an after thought at first, fair bitterness with more spicy like hops, as well as mild citrus and just a hint of a grapefruit pith. As it warms and I leave it to settle in my mouth, the tropical fruits come through a bit, as well as a mild dank resin, light papaya and mango, some fruity hops, bit of tangerine and melon as well. The hops eventually turn chewy and spicy as the finish gets fairly dry, quite bitter too, bit more lingering citrus, more blond malt characters and light phenols as well as booze lingering. The more it warms the more that nice Citra hop comes through, more mango, tangerine, and bit of grapefruit.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, nice carb, some warming tingly booze too.

Overall pretty nice, I like the Belgian malt and yeast characters blended with a nice hop array of citrus, tropical fruit, and spicy characters that balance the esters, phenols, sweet malts, and esp the booze warmth. Quite tasty, not really drinkable per se, but I would drink a few of these.

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L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
91 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.